Like most developers’ projects, Cleveland Tech Events is the answer to a problem that needed to be solved. Sarah Dutkiewicz – originally from Parma and now living somewhere in the Cleveland-area – went to Toledo to get her degree in Computer Science and Engineering Technology and in the process was introduced to the Toledo Area Linux Users Group. She was able to experience the joys of user groups at an early stage of her career. When she returned home to the Cleveland area, she wanted to get involved in the community but didn’t know where to find these groups.
In her first job back home, she met a friend who mentioned a user group here in town. A couple jobs later, she met a friend who introduced her to a .NET group, which then led to another .NET group and a SQL group. All of this user group stuff was discovered by word of mouth.
But… there should be a website that promotes Cleveland’s tech community and gets the word about user groups! That’s what Sarah thought once she started hearing about these groups. Unfortunately, she knew how time consuming it would be and steered clear of the idea.
However, in October 2008, Sarah found herself dealing with health problems and having to stay home from work. Since her company didn’t let her work remotely and her brain wouldn’t rest, she put her energy to work and built this site. When this site originally launched in October 2008, there were 4-5 user groups on the site. As of February 2012, there are over 60 user groups listed on the site.
As of January 2012, Cleveland Tech Events officially became a part of Cleveland Tech Consulting, Sarah’s consulting firm that she started in August 2011.
As word of mouth has spread and social networking has taken off, Cleveland Tech Events continues to grow. If you have a change or a suggestion for the site, Sarah is always open to feedback and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.